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Foothills County Growth Management Strategy 2012


On April 10 2013, following a public hearing, the Foothills County Council adopted a new Growth Management Strategy for the County entitled "GMS A Vision Forward". The purpose of the GMS is to provide a policy framework that will assist Council in managing growth and development across the County into the future.

The GMS builds on the vision for the future of Foothills County that was created through the process of developing the Municipal Development Plan (MDP 2010) in 2008 and 2009. It proposes strategies that are designed to protect and preserve those aspects of the County that our residents value, and to support growth and development where it makes sense to do so and where it can be supported by a formal planning framework.

Growth Management Strategy Project Goals

  • Educate the public on the importance of planning for growth;
  • Incorporate public values into municipal policy;
  • Determine what qualities of the County are most valued by our residents;
  • Begin to describe, in qualitative terms, some strategies that will enable the County to grow in such a way as to preserve those qualities;
  • Capitalize on existing opportunities and overcome potential challenges;
  • Support conservation of the natural environment;
  • Support conservation of agricultural lands;
  • Build trust in our municipal government with residents;
  • Address provincial planning requirements on our own terms.

Dividing Foothills into Districts

Foothills County is very vast and diverse and to make planning more manageable it makes sense to break it down into smaller areas. We have attempted to create districts that make sense based on historical settlement patterns, topography, environmental factors, current land use, planning framework and opportunities and constraints for development.

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Phase 1 - What We Have Heard

This presentation to Council on August 29, 2012 was the accumulation of feedback from everyone who responded to our Survey. Thank you.

What we have heard - pdf

Phase 2 - A Vision Forward - A Growth Management Strategy for Foothills County

April 10, 2013 a public hearing was held and the final growth management strategy document "A Vision Forward" was approved by Council.

A Vision Forward - pdf


Our Foothills Our Future Video

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